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Enabling European SMEs to remediate wastes, reduce GHG emissions and produce biofuels via microalgae cultivation

Objective

The BioAlgaeSorb collaboration will benefit European SME-AGs in diverse business sectors by developing technologies for remediating and valorising industrial and agricultural/aquacultural effluents via microalgae cultivation. The resultant microalgal biomass will form a carbon neutral, environmentally sustainable raw material that is a source for commercially valuable end products, among them renewable energy. The set task is to utilise unwanted effluents as nutrient sources for photosynthetic microalgae, thereby reducing effluent discharge by SMEs and yielding high quality biomass which will be harvested and upgraded using an integrated biorefinery approach into valuable products. Leading commercial systems for microalgae cultivation will be optimised for capturing inorganic nutrients from aqueous effluents (intensive agriculture and aquaculture; municipal anaerobic digesters) and CO2 from power plants, thereby mitigating the environmental impacts of these sectors and contributing to the European Low Carbon Economy via a new source of biomass-based biofuels, and by reducing the discharge of GHG to the atmosphere. Novel physical processes will be developed to efficiently harvest, stabilise and fractionate microalgae biomass for downstream conversion into valuable products. An innovative biorefinery approach will be adopted incorporating biomass pyrolysis (liquids, gas and char) for bioenergy and biofuel production, as well as separation into lipid, protein and carbohydrate fractions. Processes will be optimised for transforming micoalgal lipids into second generation transport fuels. Biomass extracts and purified compounds (eg, omega 3 fatty acids, pigments) will also be developed for use as food and feed additives. A holistic approach will be used throughout the project, incorporating coupled process and financial models to guide the development of cost efficient microalgae-based remediation of effluents for large numbers of European SMEs.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-2
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Coordinator

Norsk Bioenergiforening
Address
Roald Amundsens Gate 6
0161 Oslo
Norway

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Inge Olav Fure (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 621 318,50

Participants (11)

BIOENERGY EUROPE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 368 249
Address
Place Du Champ De Mars 2
1050 Bruxelles

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jean-Marc Jossart (Mr.)
BRITISH TROUT ASSOCIATION LTD IPS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 277 060,50
Address
The Rural Centre, West Mains
EH28 8NZ Ingliston

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Bassett (Mr.)
SEA MARCONI TECHNOLOGIES DI VANDERTUMIATTI SAS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 392 765,75
Address
Via Principi D Acaja 11
10143 Torino

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Edvige Brizzolara (Ms.)
IngrePro B.V.

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 326 309
Address
Heure 6 A
7271 Pa Borculo

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carel Callenbach (Mr.)
VARICON AQUA SOLUTIONS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 402 807,50
Address
Merebook Business Park Hanley Road Unit 8
WR13 6NP Malvern

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joseph Mcdonald (Mr.)
VALUE FOR TECHNOLOGY BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 436 565,75
Address
Acaciastraat 14
3071 Erps-kwerps

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Phillippe Willems (Mr.)
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 404,80
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julie Williams (Ms.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 3 006
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asbjorn Rune Ousland (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 632
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wendy Harle (Ms.)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 640
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7km
19013 Attikia Anavissos

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pascal Divanach (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 880
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paolo Toni (Prof.)